Monday, October 11, 2010

1975 - DEEP RED, is stylish, disgusting horror thriller from Dario Argento

If you have a yen to watch a very well made Italian horror thriller with lots of disgusting murders, this film is for you.  If you don't have a yen for this type of film,  then cast blame where blame is due Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.  Argento's film and his directing style is very clearly influenced by the Hitchcock touch.  Argento's vision is to really ramp it up with the subjective camera, blood and grisly murders. 

The so called story has for lack of a better term "more holes in it than a piece of Swiss cheese."  The reasons given for not going to the police don't really make much sense and if you stop to think about it  Deep Red is really a collection of extremely well done murder and "sneaking around" scenes. 

Dario Argento isn't really interested in creating believable characters, he puts just enough time into character development so he can set them up to be killed.  Almost everyone in the cast is subjected to some kind of disgusting violence, although it is very stylized disgusting violence.  For what is basically an exploitation film there is no eroticism in the film, the eroticism is pretty much in watching the intricate murders. 

I can't say I was exactly entertained by Deep Red, but I probably won't forget it for a while.  This is supposedly Dario Argento's masterpiece and is usually placed in the category of Italian films called "giallo."


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